Geographic

  • Governments mull greater geo gTLD powers

    … in order to get Montenegro’s support for .bar. But other names were not protected. Notably, the string “Amazon” was not on any of the protected lists, largely because while it’s a river and a forest it doesn’t match the name of a formal administrative region of any country. While GAC objections ultimately killed off Amazon’s bid for .amazon…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
  • DCA fails .africa evaluation

    …”. In other words, DCA did not have a shred of support for its controversial application. For gTLDs representing multinational regions, support or non-objection is required from 60% of the governments in that region. In addition, there cannot be more than one objection from a government in that region. Not only did DCA not have any support, it also had…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
  • Tata’s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco

    … with Morocco is to blame. While Tata Group is a 150-year-old, $100 billion-a-year company, Tata is also a province of Morocco with a population of about 120,000. Under the rules of the ICANN new gTLD program, the string “tata” is therefore a protected geographic name, for which the applicant needs to show the unequivocal support or non-objection…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 7 readers -
  • Africa hands coffin nails to DotConnectAfrica evaluators

    … to Ms Bekele cannot be properly considered as a “letter of support or endorsement” with the context of ICANN’s requirements and cannot be used as such. The AUC itself has also now confirmed for the umpteenth time, in a September 29 letter (pdf), that it doesn’t support the DCA bid either. It said: Any reliance by DCA in its application…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 5 readers -
  • ICANN finally publishes THAT .africa letter, makes me look like an idiot

    … ICANN has finally published the letter it controversially drafted for the African Union Commission in order to help it express support for ZA Central Registry’s .africa bid. Having now read the draft letter for the first time, on balance I’d have to say my previous opinions on its contents were more wrong than right. The letter was central…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 5 readers -
  • ICANN will post more uncensored .africa info

    … ICANN has committed to post more unredacted documents from its Independent Review Process case with DotConnectAfrica, following a request from DI. The organization told DI today that it will publish the documents on its web site by August 31, in response to our July 27 Documentary Information Disclosure Request. I’d asked ICANN to publish…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 6 readers -
  • Most governments keep restrictions on country names in new gTLDs

    … Just one out of every 10 governments in the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee is happy for people to register its country name in new gTLDs. That’s according to a new GAC database detailing which countries want to keep tabs on how their names are being used. Out of 80 GAC members contributing to the database, just eight have said registries…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 6 readers -
  • New gTLD program thrown into chaos as ICANN loses .africa case

    … ruling, especially coming as ICANN seeks to extricate itself from US government oversight, because it implicitly calls on ICANN’s board to treat GAC advice with much less deference. What’s the backstory? DCA and ZACR have competing applications for .africa, which is a protected geographic string. Under new gTLD program rules, only an applicant…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 12 readers -
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